Stories by Kelvin Collins

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Your Money: Don't fall prey to springtime scams

The Better Business Bureau has some steps you need to take before paying someone new to do work on your home.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Repaying debts with refund has its rewards

Do you spend weeks each spring eagerly anticipating your income tax refund? When the money finally comes in, is it gone tomorrow? You're not alone.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Tricks used to get by 'do not call' regulations

One of the most consistent complaints we receive at the Better Business Bureau is from consumers receiving repeated annoying calls from sales organizations despite being on the Do Not Call list. 
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014

Beware of advance-fee loan scams

Consumers nationwide continue to be victimized by sophisticated loan scams that demand up-front fees for loans that are never delivered.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014

Your Money: Read fine print on fitness facility

If your plans for the new year include joining a health club, the options may be overwhelming - everything from specialized high-tech weight-training facilities to YMCA all-purpose gyms.
By Kelvin Collins

Friday, Dec. 27, 2013

Consider these tips going into new year

While making your New Year's resolutions list, did you include goals on budgeting and spending wisely? The Better Business Bureau encourages consumers to take charge of their finances, shop and ...
By Kelvin Collins

Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013

Read privacy policy on 'Dear Santa' sites

Many domain names and apps have been registered in the name of Santa, offering children a wide range of opportunities to email and interact with St. Nick. Sadly, some of the sites aren't always so ...
By Kelvin Collins

Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

With buying gift cards, be sure to read the fine print

Gift cards might take the guesswork out of gift giving, but you sure don't want to leave the recipient feeling bamboozled.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013

Learn refunds policies before shopping

Refund and exchange policies are not required by law. In fact, many retailers offer refund policies as a voluntary practice.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013

Your Money: Discount cards are not health insurance

The Better Business Bureau is cautioning consumers about "discount cards" that are marketed as if they are health insurance plans.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013

Create, stick to holiday budget

Every year, many consumers overspend during the holidays, starting off the new year in debt. But not to worry, you can make this year debt-free by creating a holiday budget.
By Kelvin Collins

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013

Watch out for chimney sweep scams this holiday season

The Better Business Bureau is advising consumers to know which businesses to trust and which to avoid so their hard earned dollars don't go up in smoke.
By Kelvin Collins

Friday, Oct. 11, 2013

BBB: Beware of 'pinkwashing' in October

Plenty of businesses will be offering special "pink" incentives this month to purchase their products. The Better Business Bureau wants consumers to better research these companies to validate ...
By Kelvin Collins

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013

Better Business Bureau warns consultants of scams

The Better Business Bureau is warning "home party" consultants from popular companies such as Thirty-One Gifts, Avon, Lia Sophia and others about a recent scam targeting unsuspecting sales ...
By Kelvin Collins

Friday, Sept. 27, 2013

Your Money: Beware of Affordable Care Act scams

Consumers across the U.S. are reporting phone calls that claim to be from the government about new health insurance cards required by the Affordable Care Act.
By Kelvin Collins

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013

Timeshare owners being fleeced by scam artists

In a tough economy, struggling families look for ways to reduce their expenses. One popular option is to unload any timeshares so they can hopefully recoup their investment and stop paying ...
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013

What you need to know about an auto service contract

Before signing the dotted line, the Better Business Bureau urges consumers to be sure they understand the terms of the contract and know who is responsible for providing the coverage.
By Kelvin Collins

Saturday, Aug 31, 2013

Your Money: Tips on giving to police and firefighter organizations

The police and firefighters in your community put their lives on the line daily to protect you, your family and your community.
By Kelvin Collins

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Your Money: Save on your next summer vacation

With a little prior planning and saving, you can have a relaxing and refreshing vacation without the stress of paying a mountain of credit card debt afterwards.
By Kelvin Collins

Monday, July 15, 2013

Your Money: Be a smarter consumer

Consumers of all ages and nationalities are targeted by con artists whose primary goal is to part you from your money. The best way to avoid being taken advantage of is to become a smarter consumer.
By Kelvin Collins
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